AN AWESOME MOVIE PEOPLE AINT WATCHING: DREDD
|Alex Garland on DREDD|
IGN: What does Judge Dredd mean to you?
|Karl Urban DREDD Fan Art|
IGN: What was it like watching the finished film with an audience?
Garland: I've never seen it with an audience. When it's screening for an audience, I leave. It's not a pleasant process for me.
IGN: What did Judge Dredd creator John Wagner think of the finished film?
Garland: He likes it. I got John involved with the film at a very early stage. He was actually in a way the first person that was contracted by the film. Out of the entire cast and crew, the first person on the pay-roll as it were, was John. He was there as someone who understood the character and the world better than anyone. And could make sure we were doing it properly. So I would show John all the different cuts, and all the different versions of the script. Then, when we were editing, I showed him the film at different key intervals just to get his input. While there was still time to listen to his advice and act on it.
IGN: Were you proud to have made an 18-rated movie that went to the top of the charts in the UK? That doesn't happen often.
Garland: Well briefly.
IGN: But it still counts.
It also would have been a different movie, and it wouldn't have been a movie I'd have been interested in making. But that's because I'm thinking about it as someone who doesn't have to bear the brunt of the financial consequences. So will it make difference? I suspect not. It may even be harmful.
IGN: If a sequel were to be green-lit, where do you see this story going from here?
Garland: I've got all sorts of things that I'd like to do with it. It's a financial equation. I'm not expecting to work on a sequel. I'm mainly just concerned with this film and hoping that we did it right and that people like it and get something out of it.
IGN: But if you were to be given a bigger budget, what aspect of the Dredd universe would you like to bring to life?
Garland: Outside Mega City One there's this huge desert called The Radiated Desert and I'd like the second story to go out there as a sort of voyage of discovery of the world. It would loosely be based on a John Wagner story called Origins, which is about Dredd going into how he came to be and how the city came to be. And how the two things are connected to each other. Then in the third one, If there was a third one, I'd think about these characters called The Dark Judges, who are these malevolent supernatural forces. Who are kind of a perversion of the judge system, holding a kind of dark mirror up to it. But it's so speculative to talk in these terms, but those are the lines on which I'm thinking of this.